Excellence Award Winners 2019-2020


Jacob Anderson

Athletic Genius

Faculty: John Evans

ENGLISH 90Q: Sports Writing


Rachel Barber

Women in Emergency Medicine

Faculty: Michael Gisondi

EMED 123N: Does Social Media Make Better Physicians?


Sarah Crable

Words and Action: Environmental Consciousness in Guidebook to Relative Strangers by Camille Dungy and The Rabbits Could Sing by Amber Flora Thomas

Faculty: Valerie Miner

FEMGEN 188Q/CSRE 188Q: Imagining Women: Writers in Print and in Person


Edmond Dilworth

Uber and Lyft’s Negative Impact on Congestion in Cities, and What City Governments Can Do to Address the Problem

Faculty: John D. Fox and Ted Geballe

APPPHYS 79N: Energy Options for the 21st Century


Isabel Gallegos

Souvenirs Viviants

Faculty: Cécile Alduy

FRENCH 87N: The New Wave: How The French Reinvented Cinema


Lena Han

A Federal Renewable Electricity Standard

Faculty: Gregory Rosston

PUBLPOL 55N/ECON 25N: Public Policy and Personal Finance


Emily Handsel

Analyzing the Declining Trends in Gun Ownership in the United States from 1973-2018

Faculty: Morris Fiorina

POLISCI 20N: The American Electorate in the Trump Era


Amaris Lewis

Reconceiving Life: Exploring Motivations for Motherhood and Infertility Treatments in Western and Nonwestern Contexts

Faculty: Katherine Williams and Regina Casper

PSYC 111Q: The Changing Face of "Mental Illness" in Women: Historical, Medical and Artistic Approaches


Miranda Li

Cut Fruit as Performance: “Subtle Asian Traits” and the Forging of an Asian-American Identity

Faculty: Gabriella Safran

SLAVIC 118N: Other People's Words: Folklore and Literature


Ricardo López

Vector-Borne Diseases and Biological Controls: How Larvivorous Fish Impacted the Environment and the Course of Countermeasures

Faculty: Erin Mordecai

BIO 2N: Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Disease in a Changing World


Angelo Marquez-Nieto and Brian Delgado

Underwater Gripper

Faculty: Allison Okamura

ME 23N: Soft Robots for Humanity


Griffin Miller

Connectivity Determinants

Faculty: Mark Granovetter

SOC 31N: Social Networks


Olivia Naidu

Be the Best and Excel above Others: From the Ancient Greeks to Modern Athletics

Faculty: Jody Maxim

ARTHIST 100N/CLASSICS 18N: The Artist in Ancient Greek Society


Colton Jonjak Plahn, Alec Katz, Christian Martinez, Phoenix Reivers, Phoebe Wall

Sea Trash Recognition and Analysis with SAR and Spectrometry: STRAWSS

Faculty: Simone D'Amico

AA 118N: How to Design a Space Mission: From Concept to Execution


Brad Ramunas

The Story of a Catalonian Deed

Faculty: Rowan Dorin

HISTORY 14N: Making the Middle Ages

Sydney Reese, Calista Triantis, Marie Bland

Awareness of Social Bias and Its Influence in Memory of Female Vs. Male Talkers

Faculty: Meghan Sumner

LINGUIST 54N: Social Bias and Earwitness Memory


Kayla Severson

The Shattered Human Psyche

Faculty: Margo Horn

FEMGEN 41Q/ AMSTUD 41Q: Madwomen and Madmen: Gender and the History of Mental Illness in the U.S.


Rebecca Smalbach

Merrick Garland's Nomination to the Supreme Court

Faculty: Tom Ehrlich

EDUC 122Q/HISTORY 52Q/POLISCI 20Q: Democracy in Crisis: Learning from the Past


Sarah Yribarren

From Work Songs to Jazz to Rap: How Music Reflects the African-American Experience

Faculty: Paul Phillips

MUSIC 11N: Harmonic Convergence: Music's Intersections with Science, Mathematics, History, and Literature


Vivian Zhu

Culturally Relative Fandoms: Western v. Chinese Reactions to K-pop Scandals

Faculty: Dafna Zur

KOREA 101N: Kangnam Style: K-pop and the Globalization of Korean Soft Power